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A Year at Wake Forest

What is life like in the Forest? In 2013, the University celebrated Demon Deacons old and new, inspired excellence, created opportunity and continued to grow the culture of philanthropy and service inherent in our motto, Pro Humanitate. See for yourself.

Wake Forest welcomed new students (#WFU17) and their families with a picnic on the Hearn Plaza, with a performance by the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Marching Band.

Wake Forest welcomed new students (#WFU17) and their families with a picnic on the Hearn Plaza, with a performance by the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Marching Band.

First-year students launched paper airplanes in Wait Chapel to mark the start of their personal and career development  journey. Read more in the New York Times Magazine story “How to Get a Job with a Philosophy Degree.”

First-year students launched paper airplanes in Wait Chapel to mark the start of their personal and career development journey. Read more in the New York Times Magazine story “How to Get a Job with a Philosophy Degree.”

‘Rolling the Quad’ after a big athletic victory is a favorite tradition at Wake. Students practiced their technique when they first arrived on campus so they’d be ready for the big game. Read more about this celebrated tradition.

‘Rolling the Quad’ after a big athletic victory is a favorite tradition at Wake. Students practiced their technique when they first arrived on campus so they’d be ready for the big game. Read more about this celebrated tradition.

Students worked, studied and socialized in the Founders Living Room of Farrell Hall — a remarkable new facility that the entire campus enjoys and that houses the undergraduate and graduate business school programs. Read about the dedication.

Students worked, studied and socialized in the Founders Living Room of Farrell Hall — a remarkable new facility that the entire campus enjoys and that houses the undergraduate and graduate business school programs. Read about the dedication.

Golf legend and Wake Forest alumnus Arnold Palmer rode the Deacon’s motorcycle at the start of the Homecoming football game against Maryland. Palmer was on hand for the unveiling of a statute in his likeness on the grounds of Wake’s Arnold Palmer Golf Complex to honor his commitment and generosity to the University. See photos of the statue dedication.

Golf legend and Wake Forest alumnus Arnold Palmer rode the Deacon’s motorcycle at the start of the Homecoming football game against Maryland. Palmer was on hand for the unveiling of a statute in his likeness on the grounds of Wake’s Arnold Palmer Golf Complex to honor his commitment and generosity to the University. See photos of the statue dedication.

Fireworks illuminated Reynolda Hall, marking the official launch of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest. The campaign celebrates Wake Foresters’ impact on the world and the University’s commitment to prepare students to lead lives that matter. #WakeWill

Fireworks illuminated Reynolda Hall, marking the official launch of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest. The campaign celebrates Wake Foresters’ impact on the world and the University’s commitment to prepare students to lead lives that matter. #WakeWill

Members of the Wake Forest community raced laps (or rode bikes) around Hearn Plaza to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund during Hit the Bricks.

Members of the Wake Forest community raced laps (or rode bikes) around Hearn Plaza to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund during Hit the Bricks.

More than 800 children joined the Wake Forest community for the 25th annual Project Pumpkin, a student-run event that brought youngsters from nearly 25 local schools and agencies to campus to celebrate Halloween.

More than 800 children joined the Wake Forest community for the 25th annual Project Pumpkin, a student-run event that brought youngsters from nearly 25 local schools and agencies to campus to celebrate Halloween.

During Turkeypalooza, students cooked and delivered traditional Thanksgiving dinners to food-insecure local residents. Since opening its ovens in 2006, Campus Kitchen has distributed more than 60,000 meals. Read about it in the Winston-Salem Journal.

During Turkeypalooza, students cooked and delivered traditional Thanksgiving dinners to food-insecure local residents. Since opening its ovens in 2006, Campus Kitchen has distributed more than 60,000 meals. Read about it in the Winston-Salem Journal.

The community came together for music, a candlelight ceremony and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree and Menorah during the Lighting of the Quad. Watch video highlights of Wake Forest’s holiday scenes, including the 49th annual Moravian Lovefeast.

The community came together for music, a candlelight ceremony and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree and Menorah during the Lighting of the Quad. Watch video highlights of Wake Forest’s holiday scenes, including the 49th annual Moravian Lovefeast.

A light blanket of snow covered the Wake Forest campus.

A light blanket of snow covered the Wake Forest campus.

Students in an English class read letters written by soldiers during the Civil War and World Wars I and II in the Z. Smith Reynolds LIbrary Special Collections room. Read more about “When writing goes to war.”

Students in an English class read letters written by soldiers during the Civil War and World Wars I and II in the Z. Smith Reynolds LIbrary Special Collections room. Read more about “When writing goes to war.”

Tap dancing under the ‘Big Tent’ — a public art project that provided a safe space for people to explore the dangers of stereotypes and learn more about diversity and identity.

Tap dancing under the ‘Big Tent’ — a public art project that provided a safe space for people to explore the dangers of stereotypes and learn more about diversity and identity.

An ironwork railing reflected in a puddle after a spring rain shower.

An ironwork railing reflected in a puddle after a spring rain shower.

Wake Forest encouraged students to embrace wellbeing in mind, spirit and body. When the weather cooperated, students enjoyed games, an outdoor piano on Hearn Plaza and other enhancements to outdoor spaces. Read more about them.

Wake Forest encouraged students to embrace wellbeing in mind, spirit and body. When the weather cooperated, students enjoyed games, an outdoor piano on Hearn Plaza and other enhancements to outdoor spaces. Read more about them.

Since the Scales Fine Arts Center was completed in 1982, enrollment in fine arts courses has increased more than 140 percent. Theatre and counseling students recently collaborated to refine their skills through an IPLACe-funded initiative. The theatre troupe sharpened their improvisational acting and the counseling students gained realistic counseling experience. Read more about the partnership.

Since the Scales Fine Arts Center was completed in 1982, enrollment in fine arts courses has increased more than 140 percent. Theatre and counseling students recently collaborated to refine their skills through an IPLACe-funded initiative. The theatre troupe sharpened their improvisational acting and the counseling students gained realistic counseling experience. Read more about the partnership.

Musicians practiced for a performance of the ‘The Infernal Machine,’ by Christopher Rouse. Flutists and oboists rubbed crystal goblets near the end of the work.

Musicians practiced for a performance of ‘The Infernal Machine,’ by Christopher Rouse. Flutists and oboists rubbed crystal goblets near the end of the work.

Undergraduate research is a cornerstone of the University’s commitment to academic excellence. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Center (URECA) supports both mentored and independent  research collaboration.

Undergraduate research is a cornerstone of the University’s commitment to academic excellence. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Center (URECA) supports both mentored and independent research collaboration.

What rain?! Graduates didn’t let a sudden rainstorm during the final moments of the Commencement ceremony dampen their enthusiasm. Check out some of the 1,150 tweets or 500 Instagram photos using #wfugrad.

What rain?! Graduates didn’t let a sudden rainstorm during the final moments of the Commencement ceremony dampen their enthusiasm. Check out some of the 1,150 tweets or 500 Instagram photos using #wfugrad.